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5 Things to Do This Weekend: Rock out to Queen — or hang out with Todd Bridges?

Queen Nation frontman Gregory Finsley will Rock the Village on Friday in Meridian.
Queen Nation frontman Gregory Finsley will Rock the Village on Friday in Meridian. Facebook/Queen Nation

It’s hot outside. I get it. But you’ve gotta live, right? Go have some fun.

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All three of Boise’s free outdoor concert series have launched — except The Village at Meridian’s Rock the Village. It kicks off Friday with touring tribute band Queen Nation. And they will (they will) rock you. Seriously, from “Bicycle Race” to “Bohemian Rhapsody,” frontman Gregory Finsley really nails Freddie Mercury. (Some argue that Finsley, not Adam Lambert, should be performing with the real Queen.) Boise’s own Ned Evett Electric Band opens the show from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Queen Nation will prove they are the champions starting at 6:30 and play until 8:30 p.m. — unless they need to go on and on and on and on ...

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Whaaaaa? Yep. That Todd Bridges. (Watchoo talkin’ ’bout Willis?) The “Diff’rent Strokes” co-star is one of the celebrities who will attend Treasure Valley Comic Con — and pose for a photo with anybody who hands over 40 clams. The Comic Con will attract fans of pop culture and comics to the air-conditioned Nampa Civic Center on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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The Boise Hawks are welcoming Vancouver to Memorial Stadium for a five-game home stand that runs through Monday. Thursday is “Thirsty Thursday” ($1 domestic draft beers, $2 Pepsi products). On Friday, the first 1,000 fans get a free grill set. On Saturday, there will be post-game fireworks. There’s also a pre-game baseball clinic with the Hawks players from 6:35 to 6:55 p.m. On Sunday, Kids Club members get special seats and participation in pre- and in-game special events. And on Monday, there are all-you-can-eat concessions included in your ticket price until the end of the 4th inning. Games start at 7:15 p.m.

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If you’re looking for a good time, check out the month-long “Boise’s Funniest Person” competition, which is at 8 p.m. Saturdays in July at Liquid Laughs. The annual tradition pairs comedic newbies with mentors, who coach them. Over the course of four weeks, the amateur comedians go head to head, improving along the way, while crowds filled with friends and family cheer them on. There’s always some pretty funny stuff.

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I’m picking up good vibrations — in Nampa. The Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater will crank up summertime classics Sunday when it hosts Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band The Beach Boys. The group will take the stage at 7 p.m. to perform hits that evoke the 1960s California lifestyle: “Surfin’ USA,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “California Girls,” “Help Me Rhonda” and more.

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